September 1, 2017

Leading Private Equity and M&A Partner Steffen Oppenländer Joins Milbank in Germany


Milbank, Tweed, Hadley & McCloy LLP is pleased to announce that Steffen Oppenländer has joined the firm on September 1 as a partner in the Munich office. He represents predominantly large-cap private equity funds as well as large corporates on all types of mergers and acquisitions.

“The addition of Steffen further strengthens our private equity and M&A capabilities in Germany and Europe,” said Scott A. Edelman, Chairman of Milbank. “Steffen’s reputation in the M&A and private equity space augments our top-tier reputation in Germany and across Europe. We are delighted to welcome him to Milbank.” 

Milbank’s private equity practice in Germany is ranked “Band 1” by Chambers & Partners with the guide noting that the group is known for having “[an] experienced team with an increasingly strong foothold in the private equity market and offers a broad scope of services including LBOs, MBOs, public-to-private and PIPE transactions.” The team has advised on some of the most complex transactions in the European market, including, most recently, the sale of Xella by Goldman Sachs Merchant Banking and PAI Partners to Lonestar and The Carlyle Group’s minority investment in Schön hospital group.

Norbert Rieger, Global Head of Milbank’s Corporate Group, added: “Steffen brings a wealth of experience and strong relationships in the private equity industry. He will play an important role in continuing to position the firm at the forefront of legal advisors to private equity houses with investment interests in Germany and across Europe.”

Steffen Oppenländer is the second private equity lateral partner hired by Milbank in the past year. In December 2016, Milbank hired leading private equity partner Michael Bernhardt from Allen & Overy.

Steffen Oppenländer joins the firm from Hengeler Mueller, where he was partner since 2009. He received his degree from the Universities of Munich and Bonn (Dr. iur.).